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Old 09-12-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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Question Getting ready for lift off of shell on 1977 31ft

I have most of the rivets out and then I will remove anchor bolts. The plan is to replace the floor. Thanks to the forum I have gotten this far. I have my gantries built and am a little confused on what I should use inside the trailer to lift against the shell and the amount of bracing that should be used. I have read various methods would like to see pictures if you have along with description of method used. Thanks
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Old 09-12-2015, 05:26 PM   #2
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I used an aluminum ladder today to brace the shell for lifting. It was an extension type so I split it and used half at each end of the trailer. It's my new fave technique.
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Old 09-12-2015, 05:57 PM   #3
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Any idea how the factory did it?
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
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I used a 2x6 extended past the vents with a rope tied to either end. No extra bracing. Sorry no pics.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:08 AM   #5
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My gantries were placed directly over my forward and aft vents.
I cut 2 4x4's long enough to span the closet she'll ribs, fore and aft of each vent.
Wrapped the 4x4 with a lift strap, connected the chain hoist to the strap and began to lift.
I will try to attach some pics tomorrow.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:22 AM   #6
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I just used 2 2x4's screwed together long enough to go from the first to the last rib. Made some short chain loops with shackles around the beam the the fore and aft vents. Then hooked up the chain hoists to the loops and hoisted away. Minor point, I placed the beam just off centre to the door side to counter the weight of that side and it went up nice and level.Click image for larger version

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Old 09-13-2015, 12:27 PM   #7
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I have most of the rivets out and then I will remove anchor bolts. The plan is to replace the floor. Thanks to the forum I have gotten this far. I have my gantries built and am a little confused on what I should use inside the trailer to lift against the shell and the amount of bracing that should be used. I have read various methods would like to see pictures if you have along with description of method used. Thanks
if you have a way to lift it off that's huge. I built a frame inside to not only support the shell sideways and long ways flex a bridge across the celing ribs to support the lift and snatch it through the vents .make some supports across the floor so you can set it down on some dolly's
then screw them to your supports so you can roll it around out of the way.
its all common sence from there. but don't get your self in a position to not to be able to handel the shell .think it through or youll have some major issues and damage Hugh from Sierra Airstream Restorations
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #8
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Hello Silver Bee,
Congrats on starting your restoration. I also am new to AS and a new member of the forums.
I am just starting the restoration of our 1960 Tradewind 24'. I am also planning a frame-off.
Since I learn better by actually seeing things I would like to visit, check out your gantry and offer any help you need during lift-off. I live near i75 &i70, Tipp City, so it is not a long drive. Except for some upcoming fishing trips, I usually have time available.
Let me know if I can help.
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wow, thanks for posting. I need to get my floors replaced in the near future. Plan to locate someone to do so in the spring. Might try it myself if I can find the courage.

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